Bearing wear

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Bearing wear is affected by many factors. For the most part, tests conducted by Transport Dynamics subject journal bearings to 20,000 psi loads with the bearing fixed and the shaft oscillating. The values shown in the charts on page 6 are representative of the normal wear rate range that can be expected when amplitude is ±45°, frequency is 10 CPM, and shaft finish is 16 RMS under room temperature conditions.

It will be noted that a wear-in period takes place during the first few thousand cycles. During this period some PTFE is transferred to the mating surface. In addition, the fibers are generally reoriented, the high points of the weave are flattened and adjacent fibers tend to blend together. After the break-in period, the bearing surface will become smooth and shiny.

Because of the many variables which influence wear, it is extremely difficult to project bearing life for all types of applications. For this reason, the Transport Dynamics Engineering Department should be consulted when questions of this nature arise. Wear life calculations are based on rubbing distance of travel.